Let's Look It Up! Kids Browse and Search Online
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Let's Look It Up! Kids Browse and Search Online



Elizabeth F. McLean, Copyright 2010 ...

Elizabeth F. McLean, Copyright 2010
Kids aren't always in school or at the library when they ask good questions. Parents and caregivers can be overwhelmed often and say things like - we should look that up! (LATER). or "just Google or Wikipedia it"). It is especially important now more than ever for kids to learn to answer their great questions by learning to look up information using good print or digital sources. Accompanies a web instruction module "Let's Look It Up!" that focuses on print reference resources. Information literacy tool.



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  • Elizabeth F. McLean ©2010 LSC 553 Spring 2010
  • Each of these web search engines takes a different approach to presenting you with ways to browse or search. Try several out and decide which ones you like the most, and use them when you want to look something up.Just remember, browsing or searching online will not provide you with every single piece of important information about your topic. It will provide some wonderful places to start to learn more so that you can dig deeper with both print AND web (digital) reference sources!ClustyKidRexKidsClick!KOLMrNussbaum.comSweetSearchYahoo! Kids
  • Use these topic or concept words to help you search online or search with print reference sources. If you need to, look your topic up (examples: dictionary, encyclopedia, index, atlas, almanac) to learn which are the best words to apply to a successful search. After you look up your topic word(s) – read the results to see what other words would go along with your topic. When you have a good result set for your topic from a good web search engine, you can narrow (squeeze down) or broaden (open wider) your result sets depending on how you apply other words that are related to your search.
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  • Let’s Look It Up!Web Reference Sources for Kids
  • Browse: Choose the right place
    To browse online, always use web sites that your family or your teachers have guided you to, like these good selections from our lesson:
    Kid search engines
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  • To Browse is to…
    ...Look at the topics listed like these above and over here
    With your mouse, click and pick out the ones that really grab your attention
    Read what you have uncovered to see what you can learn.
    Now you try it!
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  • Searching Online
    To search online, first write down the main topic. Add a few other words that go with your topic or subject that you plan to learn about.
    TOPIC: launch vehicle
    rocket AND mission OR space
    NOT science
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  • Using AND, OR, NOT with Search Words
    This topic shows our main topic to be:
    Launch Vehicle
    Words we also want to use in this search with Launch Vehicle could be:
    mission AND rocket
    rocket OR space
    mission AND space
    This picture also represents a Search for Launch Vehicle AND rocket NOT science
    By using NOT science in the Search box, we should expect results that will NOT include rocket science.
    Launch Vehicle
    Type space AND rocket into your favorite kids web search engine. What results did YOU get? Click here to try it.
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  • What do you see on this web search engine page?
    How many ways do you see to browse on this page?
    How many places can you enter search words on this page?
    What other things can you look up from this page?
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  • Important!
    Choose web search engines that your teachers or parents have checked out first.
    Remember that if you get stuck or can’t find something, you can always ask for help.
    The web/internet does NOT have every book or reference source available. You should always use a mix of print reference and digital (online) reference sources.
    The best web sources cost money, so use the library search engines to access them!
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  • Try this!
    Keep a notebook with your topic searches
    Write down:
    The question you are looking up the answer to
    The places that you looked that were helpful
    The information that you learned that was good
    Where you found the information that you plan to use if you are writing on the topic (citation).
    Keep looking up your questions and ask for help when you need it!
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  • Conclusion
    Looking up answers is something great that You can do yourself.
    Every time you look something up, you get better at doing it! It’s fun to find good answers!
    You can combine Browse and Search steps (and repeat them) to learn about a topic you like.
    You can always ask for help from family, teachers or your librarian!
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  • Web Search Engine Sources:
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